— The Playlist
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival
A violent automobile accident has left long-lasting repercussions: a child carries a titanium plate in their skull; a car-showroom model begins to exhibit sexual attraction to her wares; later, an unexpected pregnancy escalates to a horrific massacre; and a firefighter is reunited with a brutally bruised man who claims to be his long-lost son. As these episodes fuse in Julia Ducournau’s remarkable, Palme d’Or–winning follow-up to her memorable debut Raw, a lurid premise emerges — one best discovered without any further expectations beyond the promise of exceptional performances, inspired provocations, and maverick filmmaking.
Fluidly exploring themes of sexuality, gender identity, and parenthood in tandem with Ducournau’s now-signature body-horror sensibilities and gory gallows humour, Titane is an unflinching foray to the very peaks (and depths) of human extremities.
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Agathe Rousselle, Laïs Salameh, Garance Marillier
Director: Julia Ducournau
Runtime: 108 minutes
Genre: Cult, Drama, Festival Favorite, Woman Directed
Language: In French with English subtitles
— The Globe and Mail
A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence — a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential — only those who can conquer their fear will survive.
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Rating: Rated PG-13
Runtime: 155 minutes
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Country: United States
The French Dispatch brings to life a collection of stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in a fictional 20th-century French city.
Starring: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson
Director: Wes Anderson
Rating: Rated R
Runtime: 103 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: United States